College and Community Innovation Program – Applied Research and Development Grants – NSERC (2022)


Applied Research and Development grants support research and development (R&D) projects led by college researchers in partnership with private sector, public sector or not-for-profit organizations based in Canada while encouraging collaboration with universities and/or other colleges.
The projects funded will
– provide partner organizations with access to the unique knowledge, expertise and capabilities available at Canadian colleges and universities;
– train students in essential technical skills required by organizations in the private, public or not-for-profit sectors;
– provide benefits–economic, environmental, health or social–to the partner organization(s) and to Canada;
– allow a wide range of collaborations between different institutions and/or types of partners.

Comments on Funding:

The funding is in the form of a grant of up to $150,000 per year. The program duration is between 1 to 3 years. The partner company must collaborate actively in the project’s research (rather than contract for services rendered) and contribute at least 25 per cent of the grant amount in cash.


The applicant must be a Canadian university or college that grants degrees and/or diplomas in the natural sciences and engineering fields;
Partner organizations may be from the private, public and/or not-for-profit sectors

Applications Steps:

Applicants must submit their applications through the Convergence Portal at

Documentation Needed:

Applicants must submit:

  • CV documents;
  • the impact assessment (appendix A), if applicable;
  • a proposed budget and its justification;
  • a research proposal (proposals requesting up to $40,000 per year should be three to five pages, and those requesting over $40,000 per year should be five to 12 pages);
  • other certifications, licenses and permits;
  • a summary of the proposal.

Other Things to Note:

For funding opportunities that allow multiple partners, non-eligible partners are welcome, but only the cash and in-kind contributions from eligible partners will be taken into account to determine the matching funds that can be awarded by NSERC.


Natural Science and Engineering Resources Council of Canada

Program Contact:

NSERC – Applied Research and Development grants

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